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Dummy canopic jar (Qebehsenuef)

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This dummy (completely solid) canopic jar is carved of white limestone that now shows some discoloring over many areas. It has been given the shape of a narrow jar with slighly confex sides. The top takes the form of a falcon head, representing Qebehsenuef, one of the Four Sons of Horus,...

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From El-Kurru, pyramid 18 (tomb of Shebitka). 1919: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan; 1921: received by the MFA. (Accession Date: January 1, 1921)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Shebitka, 698–690 B.C.


El Kurru, Nubia (Sudan)


Height: 26.0 cm (10 1/4 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Canopics and Canopic Boxes